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My contract is up in a few weeks, but I am gonna wait until after the Olympics to cancel. I have been a loyal customer since 2001, but I just cant justify the $100+ expense for something I hardly take advantage of.

Between my Amazon Prime, Netflix and Xbox 360 Gold memberships I think I will have all of the content I will want. The only downside is that I will be missing a couple of channels like CNN, Food Network and HGTV.

Over the past 11 years prices have gone ridiculously high while programming has not gone anywhere. And in a time where almost everything is broadcast in HD there is absolutely no reason DTV is still broadcast so many stations in SD. I can live without the 100+ pay-per-view channels.

Even though this is only my first post I have been reading here for years and have been inundated with all of the great information you guys post.

If anybody has any recommendations about getting the few things i will be missing I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance and keep up all of the great work!!!!:)
 

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I would advice to suspend for six months, then call to cancel and see what D* can offer you. No downside, and some upside.

As to what you've missed, I can't think of anything. You've covered it all.

I will say that sports-fanatics receive a HUGE subsidy from the non-sports fan on PayTv. And that's what's driving costs. AMC sees ESPN receiving 6 dollars a month, and they argue for at least 75 cents.

So, if you're a sports fan, you do need PayTv.

If youi're not, you can do without it.
 

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smartass505 said:
My contract is up in a few weeks, but I am gonna wait until after the Olympics to cancel. I have been a loyal customer since 2001, but I just cant justify the $100+ expense for something I hardly take advantage of.

Between my Amazon Prime, Netflix and Xbox 360 Gold memberships I think I will have all of the content I will want. The only downside is that I will be missing a couple of channels like CNN, Food Network and HGTV.

Over the past 11 years prices have gone ridiculously high while programming has not gone anywhere. And in a time where almost everything is broadcast in HD there is absolutely no reason DTV is still broadcast so many stations in SD. I can live without the 100+ pay-per-view channels.

Even though this is only my first post I have been reading here for years and have been inundated with all of the great information you guys post.

If anybody has any recommendations about getting the few things i will be missing I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance and keep up all of the great work!!!!:)
If your looking to save money then do what others have suggested and suspend your DirecTV service. The only loss you will suffer is their service. The equipment stays with you. That will give you time to investigate other service options and see if the grass is greener. If it's not you can reactivate your DirecTV account and make adjustments to meet your needs.
 

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Gloria_Chavez said:
I would advice to suspend for six months, then call to cancel and see what D* can offer you. No downside, and some upside.

As to what you've missed, I can't think of anything. You've covered it all.

I will say that sports-fanatics receive a HUGE subsidy from the non-sports fan on PayTv. And that's what's driving costs. AMC sees ESPN receiving 6 dollars a month, and they argue for at least 75 cents.

So, if you're a sports fan, you do need PayTv.

If youi're not, you can do without it.
As a sports fan, I just want to thank everyone who has DIRECTV and is not a sports fan, for helping keep my bill lower. ;) I still think it costs too much, but I guess it could be worse!
 

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Thanks for the advice. I may just suspend the account for a few months as a few of you have suggested.

My internet provider, Century Link, has a 250 GB a month cap, but that is more than ample for my needs.

As for the "family package" I have never even heard of it, but will definitely look into it if its only $30/month.

I am not a sports fan, so that aspect of the programming will not have any effect on me and if anything gives me an "easier" out.

Again, I really appreciate all of the input. :)
 

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From what I read on your first post OP it sounds like your main issues are monthly costs and you also seem to be not to much of a sports fan.

But look at this way for all the streaming services you subscribe to that adds up also. Amazon Prime is what $79 a year, XBOX Live Gold is $50 a year, Netflix is what $8 a month. Then add on your high speed ISP monthly cost which for a decent to great connection will run anywhere from $40 to as much as $99 for a business class 50MB download connection through a company like Cox or Comcast.

That just my 2 cents on this topic.
 

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smartass505 said:
My contract is up in a few weeks, but I am gonna wait until after the Olympics to cancel. I have been a loyal customer since 2001, but I just cant justify the $100+ expense for something I hardly take advantage of.

Between my Amazon Prime, Netflix and Xbox 360 Gold memberships I think I will have all of the content I will want. The only downside is that I will be missing a couple of channels like CNN, Food Network and HGTV.

Over the past 11 years prices have gone ridiculously high while programming has not gone anywhere. And in a time where almost everything is broadcast in HD there is absolutely no reason DTV is still broadcast so many stations in SD. I can live without the 100+ pay-per-view channels.

Even though this is only my first post I have been reading here for years and have been inundated with all of the great information you guys post.

If anybody has any recommendations about getting the few things i will be missing I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance and keep up all of the great work!!!!:)
With the channels you watch I would honestly suggest family or the select classic package. There may be some specials or promotions you qualify for, the worst they can say is "no" feel free to call
 

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smartass505 said:
As for the "family package" I have never even heard of it, but will definitely look into it if its only $30/month.
I would also be interested in knowing about it.... according to the D website and the 3 CSR's i talked to the lowest plan is the entertainment package for $55 a month.. if there is a $30 a month plan i would be wanting to look into it.:)

I (like many others) am only a customer for the NFLST
 

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I would also be interested in knowing about it.... according to the D website and the 3 CSR's i talked to the lowest plan is the entertainment package for $55 a month.. if there is a $30 a month plan i would be wanting to look into it.:)
Probably need to speak to retention to get those "hidden" packages. They do, in fact, exist. Family doesnt have much at all for $30. The better choice would be Select for I think, about $44 a month. It has ESPN's and some other popular basics that Family doesnt.

Here is a link to all packages. Note several expired on 2/2012 and are no longer available:
http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=2925902#post2925902
 

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I'll have to look into that more in the fall, with the kids in many summer activities we are (most of the time) not home other than to sleep. so this year i decided to try holding service though the summer months..
 

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smartass505 said:
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And in a time where almost everything is broadcast in HD there is absolutely no reason DTV is still broadcast so many stations in SD.

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Here's 1 reason.

I have a R-22 receiver. I don't have HD TV's. I don't plan on replacing my TV's. I don't want HD programming and the additional related cost. Therefore, I need SD programming. I don't think I'm the only one still using SD.
 
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